5 family friendly countryside walks

Marcus Clarke By Marcus Clarke

There is nothing better than a fun family day out. A countryside walk is always a great option, it’s a simple way of keeping fit, getting some fresh air, digitally detoxing and discovering somewhere new. Not to mention it’s nearly always going to be free.

There is nothing better than a fun family day out. A countryside walk is always a great option, it’s a simple way of keeping fit, getting some fresh air, digitally detoxing and discovering somewhere new. Not to mention it’s nearly always going to be free.

But finding that special route that offers awe inspiring views and isn’t too challenging for a range of ages can be tricky. I’ve found 5 routes that I think are perfect contenders. They're routes throughout the UK, so hopefully you can reach at least one of them within a few hours.

1. Scotland - Glencoe Highlands

Scotland - Glencoe Highlands

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Scotland is home to some undeniably beautiful scenery and the Glencoe Highlands are no exception. The mountainous area offers such great walking opportunities that it even made it in to ITVs 100 favourites walks.

This route is the one featured in the ITV series, but when you arrive you can choose from a series of well signposted routes. For families we recommend the red trail which is not only the flattest, it is also accessible by wheelchair and is said to have the best views.

You’ll find plenty of seats on the way around the lochan as well as numerous picnic tables, so you can time this 5km walk with lunch. If you’re after something a bit more substantial to eat, then the Clachiag Inn that’s about halfway through the route is a great option for a pub-style meal. They even have rooms if you fancy staying the night.

2. Wales - Rhossili Headland

Wales - Rhossili Headland

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Another moderate walk, this time with a chance to take in the incredible views across Rhossili Bay. This is an ideal family (and dog) friendly route of just over 5km that can be completed in around an hour.

Rhossili in general is fairly remote so make sure to pack plenty of provisions, with the great views of the bay it’s likely you’ll want to stop at least a couple of times to take in the views.

If you want to extend your stay at Rhossili headland then a trip down to what has been called one of the most beautiful unspoiled beaches in the UK would definitely be worth your while.

3. North England - Fountains Abbey

North England - Fountains Abbey

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As a National Trust property, you’ll have to pay a fee (£37.50 for a family ticket if you aren’t a National Trust or English Heritage member; or free if you are) to get in to Fountains Abbey but if you’ve never been before we think this is one not to be missed.

The ancient abbey ruins are such an awe-inspiring sight that even the members of the family unconvinced by the idea of a walk will be impressed by what they see.

Apart from the ruins the area in general offers stunning natural views and a gentle walk that is suitable for most families. The route we’ve chosen below is 10km in total and will take around 2.5-3 hours. If you don’t fancy such a trek, then you can find alternative routes on arrival or simply stroll around the grounds.

Bonus walk: if you’re looking for a free alternative, that is a bit more of a challenge (many steps!) then Malham Cove, also in the Yorkshire Dales, is a great alternative. While you can make it in to a long walk, there is generally just one short route up and down the cove.

4. Midlands - Coombe Country Park

Midlands - Coombe Country Park

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Coombe Country Park is 500 acres of gardens, woodland and lakes that is an ideal quiet spot to take the family.

With plenty of picnic spots and a handful of useful amenities on site, it’s no wonder the park has won so many awards for quality and excellence.

This route will take you on a gentle 4km stroll where you will be treated to many of the great natural sights that the country park has to offer. At a very leisurely pace you can complete this route in an hour and a half.

5. Killerton garden - South West

Killerton garden - South West

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And finally, if you find yourself in the South West of England, choosing a suitable walk won’t be a problem as there are so many great walks in this area.

But I have chosen one of our favourites which is a simple stroll around Killerton garden. I like this walk so much because of the range of horticulture that’s on offer. While all the members of the family might not appreciate the detail, the colours, smells and sights can’t be ignored.

This walk can be completed in under an hour, but because of the plants and flowers you will find on route, you’ll probably want to take your time with it.

Marcus Clarke By Marcus Clarke


Marcus works at De Vere Hotels who have Family Friendly Hotels throughout the UK. De Vere Hotels are found in beautiful countryside locations, set in acres of stunning grounds.

If you’re an outdoor loving family then De Vere hotels are not only situated close by to many of the UK’s biggest indoor and outdoor attractions, you’ll also find a pair of wellies waiting for you if you just want to get out and explore.